Want to know how to decorate your ceiling? Why not get creative with the “fifth wall” in your home. Here are creative ceiling ideas and inspiration.

One of the best parts about a bedroom is the ceiling, which is this elegant bedroom’s exposed-wood ceiling is such a showstopper. But why stop there? Get inspired for your own home with our simple-yet-elegant ceiling ideas for how to decorate your ceiling.

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This is the story of the house that photographed itself.

A house so unique.

So creatively built and decorated.

So full of one-of-a-kind ceiling decor ideas and beautiful  light fixtures and furniture with a story and hand-painted curtains and chalkboard barn doors and ceilings that take your breathe away….

….that I really had almost nothing to do with these pictures.

I simply put the camera on a tripod and clicked.

The house did all the rest.

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How To Decorate Your Ceiling

The story behind this tour actually starts way before this house.

It all began last year.

Last holiday season, I was invited to be involved with a charity event supporting the Make-A-Wish foundation where I decorated a Christmas tree in a decorator’s show house in Nashville.

And I fell in love with the ceilings.

I mean.


Wait until you see the ceiling in this dining room. It’s a stencil on top of stain. One of the prettiest ceiling decor ideas I’ve ever seen.

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pumpkin dining room place setting

It was there that I met Kara and Lauren, two amazing designers from ReFresh Home.

The home that they designed was incredible.

We laughed and connected and drank coffee and I remember trying to focus on the conversation, but every few minutes I would stop mid-stream because I discovered something new.

Especially those ceilings.

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how to decorate your ceiling pattern ceiling

If you are looking for ideas on how to decorate your ceiling, this is such a clever idea. Stain the ceiling with a basecoat and then layer in a stencil by adding another layer of stain. It looks so rich and timeless. Like the ceiling has been here forever.

I loved the ceilings in the original house that they decorated and this year they have another house.

And new ceilings.

Ceilings that are twenty feet in the air and hand-painted.

Ceilings that will take your breath away.


Don’t they just inspire you by looking at them?

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how to decorate your ceiling chandelier ceiling

Like the ceiling in this study. It’s such a timeless look.

This beautiful, wonderful, incredible study with its rafters that came directly from a Tennessee barn.


They built the ceiling around these barn rafters.

If. you are looking for an idea on how to decorate your ceiling, why not consider beams? You can check your local salvage yards and architectural salvage stores for beams like this. You could even recreate this look with stain and new beams.

It’s such an amazing way to add architectural interest to a space.

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cotton picks

This visit was a lot like last time.

There was a lot of giggling and laughing and oohing and ahhing and drinking water and eating the yummiest chicken sandwiches.

And me unable to complete sentences.


There are so many amazing visual elements to this space in addition to ceilings. Look at this chalkboard sliding door that disguises the pantry. And the range hood with reclaimed wood and hinges. And the brick accent wall in the kitchen.

The ceiling heights in the space vary from room to room and add amazing architectural detail to the space. For example, the kitchen has lower ceilings and it leads into the great room with large vaulted ceilings. The key is to add the beams to carry the theme through from room to room.

One other tip when searching for how to decorate a ceiling? Carry a comment element throughout the house (like the beams in this hous).

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how to decorate your ceiling dining stools

sliding door chalkboard

Here’s a close-up of the chalkboard barn door. The first time I saw it I lost all track of what I was saying. I was in the middle of a story and suddenly I saw this barn door.

I couldn’t even.

I simply stopped and stared and asked if I could have a lemon.

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Here you can see the entire great room with the beams carried over from the library. This living room also has sliding glass doors that open onto a porch.

There’s also a hand-painted wall hanging with feathers and a mantel covered in the same barn wood from the same barn that the rafters came from.

It all left me speechless.

But then?

I went through the sliding glass doors and went outside.

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back porch Nashville House

roof back porch

And this ceiling.

All of a sudden…..I stopped being speechless and started talking.

Have you ever seen a space so perfect?

They took old tin and used it to line the ceiling. If you are looking for how to decorate your ceiling? This is such a fun option for a porch or outdoor space. The tin tiles line the top of the ceiling and they are anchored by a center wood beam.

If. you are looking for an idea on how to decorate your ceiling, why not consider tin like this? You can check your local salvage yards and architectural salvage stores for tin tiles like this. You could even recreate this look with new tin and a faux finish.

I couldn’t stop talking and explaining and commenting on their ceiling design. I wanted to know where found that tin and did it come from the same barn and how did they get to be so incredible and wonderful and amazing and creative and where did all these ideas come from….

….and could I move in.

I had plenty of time for talking.

The house?

Not so much.

It was too busy doing all the photographing. 🙂

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PS  This is only the first part of the tour.

Part one.

I know….right?

There were too many pictures and too much talking to fit into one post.

You can take the rest of the tour here.

It’s worth the visit. 🙂

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  1. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    Oh.my.goodness. What a drop dead gorgeous house. The ceilings...you are right. I wouldn't want to leave that space-like forever. The light fixtures are all so perfect. They go together but don't match. I'm a little obsessed with chandeliers right now. I'm working on a candleleir I'm creating out of wire for my master bath re-do. I need to study this post. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Image for Jenni Farnes Jenni Farnes

    holy cow....my brain's stuttering and i wasn't even there. i had to close my mouth and wipe the drool off my chin. A-mazing...utterly. what fun you must have had...i can feel your incredulity clear over to where i live in the northwest. fabulously creative designers.

  3. Image for Susan Susan

    I am totally inspired by that barn door's artwork! Stealing that idea for sure. I got a chandleleir at a yard sale for a $1.00. Sprayed it black and cleaned the crystals and then added crystals that I bought for $10 at a fantastic old home supply place here in Kennebunk, Maine. I love to find treasures and make them mine. My new obssession is decorating doors.

  4. Image for Gail Gail

    Very Gorgeous, You would have to a couple of good cleaning ladies to get through the whole house. ha ha. I am tired just looking at the pictures you showed.

  5. Image for Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    Wow...my pinning finger is tired lol. The house is amazing...oh the ceilings. And the chalkboard pantry door...well...hand me one of those lemons, too. Thanks for sharing, Karianne...and I can't wait for more! Hope you have a lovely day!

  6. Image for Amy K Amy K

    I have no words. That is a beautiful home. And I mean home - it feels homey even though it's spacious. Love the birch wreath!! Can't wait to see the rest of this beauty!

  7. Image for Patricia Patricia

    Good Morning Karianne, Just loved this post. I grew up next door to my maternal Grandmother and her house had a tin roof, but on the outside not the inside. Now I ask you, how great is that idea, to look at that everyday, Amazing!!! These girls have the same imagination for putting things together as You do my Friend!!! They have nothing on You. I ordered the wreath and have the perfect spot to put it when I move to my "Renovated House on the Pond" next month. I will be sending you pictures. Maybe you can give me some decorating pointers and ideas as well. Have a Beautiful Day. Patricia NC Coast

  8. Image for Leona Leona

    Drop Dead Gorgeous. I could see why you were speechless????? Felt like I died and went to heaven. Your pictures say it all: so excited about the wreath, never finished reading and ordered it pronto.....should have read further as I forgot the discount code. Keep the posts coming!

  9. Image for Shelly@ConfettiStyle Shelly@ConfettiStyle

    Wowzer! What a stunningly beautiful home. I love every single detail and like you would move in in a second. Actually, maybe we could be roommates and have tea out by the fireplace. Thanks for sharing this amazing home. You started my week off with awe and amazement.

  10. Image for mdn mdn

    Oh...my....GOSH!!!!! Perfect in every way and your pics are terrific! Bet you felt a bit like a whirling dervish, twirling around, looking everywhere, high and low! Can just imagine you there, now! Maybe a tutorial on how to make those seat covers? (Could imagine potential of having several - maybe for a valance and/or draperies also and rotating by season/holiday.) TKS for taking us on the journey with you; and am anxiously awaiting Part II! PS - Re your PF collection - You go, girl! Checked out birch bark wreath - but, couldn't find dimensions. (Need to hang mine between door and storm door.) Could you pls. provide? TKS

  11. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Hokay!! I have to hurry up and say this because I have the concentration of a flea. Oh gosh -- that birch wreath has my name written on it!!!! I'm not at "home" and I've just got to have it -- it's got my name written on it -- did I tell you that?? If I order and pay for it can you wait to send?? You see, it's got my name written all over it and I have to have it. I saw it on Instagram and I knew it was mine. You see, it had my name written all over it. Did I say that??? That house is amazing and the decorating -- WOW!!! Whew! I am breathless just from trying to take it all in. Forget eating. I don't think I'd remember what I ate or even if I ate :-( And for an Italian that is saying a LOT!! Please let me know about my birch wreath -- you know, the one with my name on it. Big Hugs!!!!

  12. Image for Linda Linda

    Love this home. Love the soft many many neutrals that are every where with touch es of drama and cold. SO glad you were there while "she" was doing selfies. Linda

  13. Image for Linda Southworth Linda Southworth

    What a gorgeous home and thanks to your excellent photography we all get to ooh/aaaah! I have to admit I was sidetracked by the birchwood wreath...oh I did let out an oooh or two and then I saw they were for sale AND THEN I saw a 20% discount.....ahhhh. I have one with my name on it on the way!

  14. Image for Lisa at celebrate creativity Lisa at celebrate creativity

    Holy Wow! Karianne, What an amazing home. Oh, how I love that chalkboard barn door with the chalk drawings. That is so clever. Every room is lovely. I really like this style of decor too. Beautiful and still comfortable looking. Magazine gorgeous but I could also imagine people actually living in these rooms. I saw this yesterday on my phone while I was out and I'm so glad I popped over to see the photos in full screen on my computer. The pictures are stunning. Gotta say, that ceiling stencil deserves a post of its own too. What a project that must have been. Thanks for the super tour!

  15. Image for Sheila Sheila

    Great house! I love it when items...wood, tin, lighting, etc. can be reused. It makes a solid connection to the past. It takes the edge off of something newly built and contemporary looking. Gives it that comfortable lived in vibe. Thanks for Sharing. I would love to tag along on one of your Nashville trips. Ha! Love that town...and countryside. Sheila

  16. Image for Terri Terri

    Are you KIDDING ME... with those tin ceilings???????? I almost fell off my chair!! Incredible....The whole house is WOWOW.... floors... mantle... ceilings... OMG.... I need to be your personal "Go-fer"!!!! :) .... can't wait for part 2 !!

  17. Image for Maggie ( magsjag) instagram Maggie ( magsjag) instagram

    It never ceases to amaze me with all the talent in this world.. The design of the house interior design, and landscape with outdoor fireplace is stunning. You were a lucky girl to get a tour..

  18. Image for Michele Riggsbee Michele Riggsbee

    This was wonderful, Karianne! I love your cheerful descriptions of this amazing home! Also, I ordered one of the birch wreaths! I have a birch theme in my living room and am THRILLED with this wreath! It's just what I've been looking for! Thanks for always being a bright spot in my day!

  19. Image for Shelly Shelly

    Beautiful house and photos! I love the mirror over the headboard in the bedroom photo. Any idea where the owner purchased it?

  20. Image for DaTanya Bastian DaTanya Bastian

    The woodwork and Craftsmanship are that of my father and brother, Mark and Eric Dodson. They're absolutely great at what they do and they love creating works of pure creativity. They won Best Craftsmanship in the Nashville Parade of Homes. They loved working with the designers and bringing to life their vision. Just talked to my dad today and the home has already sold!

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